The passing of Labor Day signals the unofficial start of campaign season, but it’s also the start of California's voting season. County elections officials will begin sending out overseas and military ballots this week. Nicole Winger is with the Secretary of State’s office. She says the ballots go to a wide variety of people.
“Besides our military personnel, who are stationed far away, perhaps in the Middle East, there are a lot of people working for the State Department or other federal entities," she says. "Some folks are just on sabbaticals or studying abroad.”
Winger says more than 73,000 overseas ballots were sent out for the June primary. She says the return rate varies by county. Counties must mail the ballots between 60 and 45 days before an election.